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December 1, 2021

Guiding light

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

Just in case you’re not super online, you may not have heard that the Housing and Community Development Department has finally given Alameda guidance about A/26 even though both Trish Spencer and Tony Daysog voted against getting this guidance from the State back in February. Yes, it’s taken since February to get the advice from the State.

I’m gonna snip out some of the best parts.


  1. Would love to hear how Paul Foreman tries to spin this one. Game over for Article 26.

    Comment by Paul Foreman Needs a Real Hobby — December 1, 2021 @ 7:11 am

    • Or you can just read Robert Sullwold.

      Comment by Mike McMahon — December 1, 2021 @ 7:29 am

      • If I wanted to dumb myself down by committing the time to some overwrought piece, I’d be better off bashing my head in with a hardcover edition of Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” than reading a Sullwold blog. The only amusement I ever get out of there is looking for the clever and contrived ways Mr. Sullwold tries to blame John Knox White for something or other.

        In any case, the HCD letter was 2 days ago. It’s a different Alameda now.

        Comment by Paul Foreman Needs a Real Hobby — December 1, 2021 @ 10:05 am

  2. Hey did you see that Gov. Newsom just returned from a Mexican vacation in Cabo? The cost of his stay at the resort owned by a Russian oligarch, according to the California Globe was $29,000 per night. That would be $203,000 for Thanksgiving week and he makes $209,000 salary as governor. Nice, huh?

    Reminder: 60% of Alameda voted against Measure Z to retain Measure A and 97% of California’s 600 plus cities have not met their state mandated housing goals. No city has lost state funds as a result. Also reminder: California (and Alameda and AUSD) defied federal law by declaring itself a sanctuary state, violating the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution because of “values.” No federal funds were ever disallowed as a result. Many Californians supported this, but it can also cut both ways.

    The City of Orville, Ca. recently declared itself a sanctuary city from governmental over reach- specifically unconstitutional executive orders from Governor Newsom, including lockdowns. About a dozen states have declared themselves “sanctuary states” to preserve the second amendment. There have been no penalties.

    Instead of cheerleading for a state lawsuit, and huge profits for developers, who we know will build as little low cost housing as possible and as many ugly high rises as they can, straining our infrastructure and increasing density to unacceptable levels, let’s seek reasonable compromises balancing local needs, and conditions with community desires.

    Comment by Common Sense — December 1, 2021 @ 8:52 am

    • What do those “reasonable compromises” look like? And who’s the one forcing “many ugly highrises” here? This is what the letter-writers working on behalf of Alameda Architectural Preservation Society wrote: “If some upzoning is still needed in residential areas to meet the RHNA, target specific subareas that are as small as possible and at more carefully calibrated densities where impacts on parking and historic buildings will be minimized.”

      Do you know what happens when you “target specific subareas that are as small as possible” while trying to meet a high RHNA quota? That’s right, “ugly highrises.” Blame AAPS, ACT, and Paul Foreman for trying to lead us down this path.

      Comment by Paul Foreman Needs a Real Hobby — December 1, 2021 @ 10:29 am

    • Gee, that’s a whole lot of words to use just to say you’re some lame Trumphumper who doesn’t care if people have a place to live!

      Comment by Rod — December 1, 2021 @ 8:15 pm

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